Breakin’ the Norm

Host Les Norman brings listeners the best in sports stories ranging from the biggest names in sports to the hometown ‘heroes’ you’ve never heard of.  He  also interviews some of the most fascinating people in the entertainment world, uncovering  rare, behind the scenes conversations. Breakin’ the Norm takes an introspective look into sports and life.

Winnetonka Softball/Baseball Coach Marc Asquith

Blue KC and CYITML Foundation’s “Coaches with Character” June honoree: Winnetonka Softball/Baseball Coach Marc Asquith

Avila Head Baseball Coach, Daryl Cronk

Former Belton HS Phenom, Pitt State All-American and Pro pitcher Daryl Cronk never set out to coach collegiate baseball…….but his Avila University Eagles are glad he did!

George Brett And Bret Saberhagen

A classic for baseball/Royals fans, MLB and Royals HOFer George Brett & Royals HOFer Bret Saberhagen talk about the new generation of MLB player, how the game has changed, and dig in to the intricacies of hitting and pitching like no other! Listen to 2 of the GREATEST Royals ever talk about the game the way it should be played, where it’s headed, and what they’re doing now!

Tyrone Flowers and Bob Pascuzzi

In this inspiring episode, author of “Get Tough, Retire Rich” talks about living a life YOU want by getting tough. His inspiring story and book helps readers change their mindset against what the world tells you….
Next, you’ll hear from the amazing Tyrone Flowers, founder and CEO of ‘HigherM-Pact’, a non-profit org that both defines and helps troubled youth find their voice, educate them with life skills, and achieve for beyond what they ever dreamed! Shot by an opposing basketball player on the court and left paralyzed, Flowers went on to graduate with 2 degrees and is now an attorney and full-time leader of his non-profit!
www.robertpascuzzi.com

Micah Lynn Hanson

“Like Arrows”, the new movie produced by the Kendrick Brothers and Family Life Ministries, takes us into the difficult and rewarding world of parenting, with a strong biblical base to guide us. Join me as I get to know one of the movie’s AMAZING stars, Micah Lynn Hanson, as she shares her experience playing the character of “Alice”, and her journey as a scared new mom through 50 years of marriage and raising children. How does a young woman of faith share her passion and gift in a faithless Hollywood world? Hear from the multi-talented actress, singer and dancer on her journey from Idaho to Nashville, TN!

Dick Vitale

He’s Awesome, Baby! The ‘Voice’ of NCAA hoops and March Madness, college basketball/ESPN analyst, philanthropist and Mr Passion Dick Vitale shares his zest for life, why he’s thankful, why the “1-and-Done” should be outlawed, the stench of AAU hoops and how he never wanted to be in TV. According to Dick, “age is just a number”, and it’s important to always remember who helped you be the person you are…

Ryan and Heather Bresette

Former Royals batboy Ryan Bresette and his bride Heather join the show to honor their late son, Luke (livelikeluke.org), who tragically lost his life when a giant message board fell on him and other family members in the Birmingham airport. How does a family cope with this type of loss? How do you move on, continue to raise your other children, and help them cope as well? With faith, strength and the love of others…

Alex Duvall And Reggie Sanders

We see MLB superstars as the rich and famous, and sometimes ‘untouchable’. IN the case of former MLB slugger Reggie Sanders, there’s so much more than meets the eye. A huge supporter in raising awareness for autism, Reggie devotes his life to God, family and his foundation, which helps raise money and awareness in honor of his brother, diagnosed with autism at age 3…
Also on the show, one of my former students and collegiate baseball player Alex Duvall. Now teaching, coaching and writing for the online “Royals Farm Report”, AD now gives back to others and gives baseball fans the scoop on the stars before they become stars!

Kevin Marozas

When you have dreams of being a major league baseball player, with the talent to back it up, you set your course and go! Sometimes, God has a different plan, and His route isn’t always the straightest…or easiest! Kevin shares his passion for God, his family, and the game he loved to play and coach, and how he’s using his talents to inspire other to a walk with Christ!

Mike Macfarlane, Johnny Damon and Jason Jacome

In this episode sure to satisfy the baseball Jones in your life, 3 veteran MLB stars (one a potential HOFer and 2-time World Series Champ) and former teammates talk the current state of baseball, how it’s changed, and a bit of reminiscing from their glory days as big leaguers!

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Les and Kristin brought a very real, heartfelt, life changing and Christ-centered message.  People are still referencing the impact of their ministry here at our church.  I know that God is using them to confront issues in our culture today and bring true transformation.

Brian Ross
Head Pastor, Faith Chapel-Spring Valley, CA

We are celebrating our 33rd year in business here at Heartland Tan….Our 2016 EXPO featured Les Norman, former Kansas City Royal…. Les brought a humorous, thoughtful, and timely message for our customers… a fresh personal perspective from Les was well received-we had numerous compliments!  I really appreciated his related stories in context…..We plan to work again with Les in the future!

Brad Nelson
Co-Owner, Heartland Tanning

I really appreciate this follow up very much. It is difficult to explain how timely and how powerful the marriage conference was.  Your transparency and authority in the Word of God was JUST what I needed.  I appreciate this encouragement and I will definitely keep in touch!

Brandon H.
Conference Attendee

Our men’s TGIW Bible study group was deeply impacted by the raw and real words of Les & Kristin Norman as they shared on “Living Beyond The Masks.” It was especially meaningful to hear both of them communicate the pain, as well as the forgiveness, which they experienced…

Rod Handley
President & Founder, Character That Counts

Thank you for blessing the men of Mission Hills with your message this evening.  I believe hearts were changed and wives and children will reap the blessings of husbands and fathers who came home different men tonight because of the gospel they received tonight…

Gary G.
Men’s BBQ Attendee

“I’ve known Les almost 20 years since our playing days in Cleveland. Les is a man of many gifts… baseball player, teacher, speaker, communicator, motivator, friend, husband, and dad.
A man of character God has used to impact so many.”

Kevin Seitzer
11 yr. MLB Veteran, Atlanta Braves Hitting Coach

Each time I have shared a speaking engagement with Les whether in person or on the radio I have come away with such a great feeling. Les is very professional, adapts to his audience, shares a great passion for his listeners and challenges them to action. Les understands the importance of his faith, family and the influence he has as a former major league player. He has set the priorities for his life and is doing a great job communicating his message to all of us.

Bill Severns
Author "Keepers of the Sandlot"

Today was such a wonderful event – the energy in the room was palpable.  I have received numerous emails this morning and afternoon complimenting CASA on the breakfast – and everyone mentions how touched they were by your story and your support for our organization.  I can’t thank you enough for your heartfelt speech and wonderful endorsement – it made a huge difference today!  Thank you so much for all your help and inspiration – I am so glad that CASA brought you into our circle! It has been a true gift.

Martha Gershun
Executive Director, Jackson County CASA

Les is one of the most effective communicators that I know.  He has the ability to take a difficult or complex subject and break it down into practical information that you can not only understand, but, put into practice right away. Les speaks with conviction, compassion and knowledge.  He balances his subtle humor with a unique sincerity and as a result, his entire audience will come away from their time with Les extremely motivated and personally challenged.

Mike Lusardi
former KC Chiefs & KC Royals Chaplain